SIRAJGANJ: Erosion by the Jamuna river in past one month has taken a serious turn and raises concern as the erosion has washed away parts of two unions at Chauhali upazila in the district.
In the last two weeks, more than 50 croplands and settlements in the southern part of Chauhali have been washed away by the river. Khaspukuria and Baghutia unions are witnessing the breakdown panic. The people of the affected areas have become jobless while taking care of their houses and belongings.
According to locals, Mituani Government Primary School, Mituani High School, Charsalimabad Government Primary School, Dakhil Madrasa, Charsalimabad Bazar, Bhuter Mour Graveyard, Sumbhudia High School, Azizia Fazil Madrasa, Sumbhudia Bazar, Chaubaria Technical College, Poyla High School, Dakhil Madrasa are worst- hit.
Numerous houses and croplands are facing erosion anew by the flood as the water levels of the Jamuna over the last few days.
Fazlul Haque, Shukur Mahmud and Samad Ali of Charsalimabad village said if necessary steps are not taken to prevent erosion, the villages and houses will soon be washed away by the Jamuna. They also said people will lose everything and become destitute.
Villagers Baghutia union said all the houses in the area are being washed away. People have lost their homes and become destitute. Prompt action should be taken to prevent the erosion, they added.
The families said on Wednesday that they had already lost their houses and croplands twice by the river erosion in past few years and if they had to meet such an incident again they would have nothing to do unless taking shelter on roads.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Faruque Sarker said the Sirajganj Water Development Board will soon take necessary action after inspecting the erosion-hit areas.